Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, politician, television personality, author, and the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Trump is the Chairman and President of The Trump Organization, as well as the founder of the gaming and hotel enterprise Trump Entertainment Resorts, now owned by Carl Icahn.
Trump is a son of New York City real estate developer Fred Trump and worked for his father’s firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending college. After graduating in 1968 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the company, and in 1971 was given control, later renaming it The Trump Organization. Trump has since built casinos, golf courses, hotels, a New York City neighborhood, and other real estate properties, many of which bear his name. Trump and his businesses, as well as his three marriages, have received prominent media exposure. He hosted The Apprentice, a popular NBC reality show, from 2004 to 2015.
Trump first campaigned for the U.S. presidency in 2000, and withdrew before any votes were cast, but won two Reform Party primaries after withdrawing. On June 16, 2015, he again announced his candidacy for president, as a Republican. Trump became known for his opposition to illegal immigration, his opposition to various free-trade agreements he regards as unfair, his frequently non-interventionist views on foreign policy, as well his proposal (in response to Islamic terrorism) to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the United States until Congress figures out how to address it. He quickly emerged as the Republican nomination front-runner. His controversial remarks have inspired protests supporting and opposing him.
On May 3, 2016, after winning 28 contests in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries and after the last remaining rivals in the Republican Party, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, suspended their campaigns, Trump was declared by Republican Chairman Reince Priebus to be the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.